Final burglary ring fugitive arrested

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 24, 2014 

Christopher Gilliam, 26, is one of ten suspects in a burglary ring police believe responsible for 26 burglaries in north and east Columbus. He has been sought since Nov. 13, 2013. Gilliam is described as a 6-foot-1 black man who weighs about 165 pounds. Anyone with information about this crime should contact Investigative Services at (706) 653-3400.

The last named suspect wanted in connection with a string of 2013 burglaries was arrested Monday, Columbus police said.

Christopher Gilliam, 25, is charged with burglary and violation of parole. A Recorder's Court hearing for his charges was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

His arrest comes less than a week after the arrest of suspected cohort Delmorris Boyd, 25, who has been charged with intent to distribute ecstasy and intent to distribute marijuana. Boyd was arrested at about 9:40 p.m. after a search warrant was conducted at a Victory Drive home.

Gilliam is believed to be the final member of a 10-person burglary ring that targeted 26 homes in north and east Columbus in the fall of 2013.

Columbus Burglary and Theft Lt. Steve Cox said police were hopeful more burglary cases could be cleared now that all suspects had been apprehended.

"We will now start to reinterview all of them, go back and look at what we have and ask more questions," Cox said.

On Nov. 6, police arrested Laquinton Robinson, 22, Rickey Henderson, 19, Jacobee Matthews, 20, Demon Moore, 20, and Emmanuel Williams, 18, at the 1024 Veterans Parkway Econo Lodge. The group was discovered after managers at the hotel reported a stolen grey Acura and Nissan Maxima in the parking lot.

Officers also recovered large flat screen TVs, Samsung and iPhone cellphones, a Playstation 3 and the keys to the grey Acura in the hotel rooms, according to earlier reports.

Wayman McMillian, 18, was arrested Dec. 4 after he sought treatment at the Midtown Medical Center for self-inflicted gunshot wounds to both legs. Police believe McMillian was responsible from crashing the stolen Maxima at an unnamed apartment complex downtown after leading police on a high speed chase.

Alexander Streeter, 20, was arrested in Atlanta on Nov. 15 when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after a chase involving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Columbus. Streeter was paralyzed in the shooting.

Jakeith Robinson, 19, was released from Muscogee County Jail within 24 hours of his arrest on Jan. 8. He is accused of stealing neon red Dodge the day before his arrest.

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